The kitchen can be a fascinating place for young kids. They see grown-ups working briskly in there, watch the steam rise from pots on the stove, and smell what's on the menu that night. Even older kids might be intrigued by how baked goods and meals come together. It isn't always convenient to invite them into the kitchen to help, but consider doing so when time allows.
Younger kids can watch what you're doing and help out with small tasks, like stirring something or setting the table. Older kids can be taught how to crack eggs or measure ingredients. Even teens might be lured into the kitchen if you tell them they can choose the dish and you'll help prepare it with them.
To the kids, it will seem like fun, but there are other benefits to this time together:
- Preschoolers see how the dishes they eat are put together — and they get hands-on experience, which is a great way to learn and feel like they are helping out.
- School-age kids can learn some cooking basics and use their math skills as they help combine ingredients for recipes. You also can use the time to talk about good nutrition and why you chose the ingredients you're using. It can lay the groundwork for healthy eating later on.
- Teens might appreciate the chance to improve their cooking skills — good preparation for when they'll need to cook for themselves. Teens also might be interested in trying different cuisines. Do they love Asian food? Visit an Asian market and put together something authentic.
Parents get something out of this kitchen togetherness, too. First, there's the quality time you'll share. Then there's the pleasure of sitting down at the table together to enjoy what you've whipped up.
Parents get something out of this kitchen togetherness, too. First, there's the quality time you'll share. Then there's the pleasure of sitting down at the table together to enjoy what you've whipped up. You could teach your kids too to cook these recipes as these are so simple and have no risks attached to fire accidents. Your kids will develop their cooking skills and can even compete in a competition with these learning skills.
So, try these recipes with kids in the evenings to make eating and cooking a lot more fun.
- Strawberry Crackers
Ingredients needed: Strawberry’s, biscuits, fresh cream
- Cut and mix strawberry’s with fresh cream and spread on the biscuits.
- Your strawberry crackers are ready.
- Russian Eggs/Eggs Mimosa/Stuffed eggs
Ingredients needed: sweet pickle relish, boiled eggs, and mayonnaise
- Cut the boiled eggs vertically into two.
- Scoop out the yolks and mix it with mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish (recipe mentioned below).
Recipe for making sweet pickle relish
Ingredients needed: 4 cups of chopped cucumbers, 2 cups onions (chopped), 1 cup of green pepper (chopped), ¼ th cup salt, 3 and half cup sugar, 2 cups cider vinegar, 1 table spoon celery seed, 1 table spoon mustard seed, 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
- Take cucumbers, onions, green and red peppers in a bowl and add salt to it.
- Pour some cold water and cover it with a lid. Let it remain for two hours.
- Drain vegetables thoroughly by pressing them hard.
- Take a sauce pan and add celery, mustard seeds, sugar, vinegar and bring it to boil.
- Then add drained vegetables and let it cook on low flame for 10 minutes. Transfer the content into a glass jar leaving 1/4th space from top.
3. Milk Shakes
Ingredients needed: Milk, sugar, fruit of your choice, yoghurt
- These are the easiest and the most nutritious recipes to try out.
- Take some milk, yoghurt, any of your favourite fruit and sugar and blend them together.
- Your yummy milk shake is ready. These shakes are very filling, nutritious, and yummy!
- You could also add dry fruits to make a yummy and healthy dry fruit shake.
4. Lassi or Desi Milk shakes
Ingredients needed: Yoghurt, milk, sugar/salt, pepper, cardamom
- For making lassi you need to take a good amount of yoghurt and add to milk.
- Add in sugar and blend it well. Your sweet lassi is ready.
- You can try different flavours of lassi by adding mango or some other fruit of your choice.
- You can also add in spices like cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg powder to give your lassi a delicious twist.
- You could also make the salty lassi by adding salt, cumin powder and little pepper instead of sugar.
- Mango Lassi: You could give it a nice twist by adding mango to make sweet delicious mango lassi.
5. Biscuit Cake
Ingredients needed: Marie biscuits, sugar, butter, milk, chocolate sauce to garnish
- Blend 10 Marie biscuits in a grinder to get a fine powder.
- In a bowl, add powdered biscuits, chocolate sauce to your liking, half cup milk, 5 to 6 table spoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of butter in it. Mix these ingredients well with a whisker.
- Put this mixture in a baking tray and let it sit.
- Deep freeze it for 20 to 25 minutes and then transfer it to the refrigerator for about one hour or so.
- Cut it into pieces, sprinkle some powdered sugar and serve cold.
Ingredients needed: Bread, sauce, butter, jam, cheese, cabbage, capsicum, onion, tomatoes and cucumber.
- Take two loaves of bread. On one loaf put a layer of sauce or butter or jam. Top it up with a cheese slice.
- Add in some chopped veggies of your choice like cabbage, capsicum, onions, tomatoes, cucumber.
- Sprinkle some salt and pepper and your yummy bread sandwich is ready to be had.
- You could give it a twist by using mayonnaise or mustard sauce.
7. Fruit chaat
Ingredients needed: chopped fruits, chaat masala, pepper, lemon, sugar, salt and black salt
- Delicious and nutritious fruit chaat is loved by all kids at any time.
- Just take in some chopped fruits like bananas, apples (peeled), strawberry’s, grapes, oranges, pomegranate, etc. and just mix all of them together.
- Add in some salt, little sugar (grounded), chaat masala, pepper and a few drops of lemon.
- Your delicious lip smacking fruit chaat is ready.
8. Lotus seeds or Makhane
Ingredients needed: ghee, salt, pepper, lotus seeds or Makhane
- Take a flat microwave safe plate and put a butter lining or spread a thin layer of ghee all over it.
- Put lotus seeds in it and heat it in the microwave for one minute.
- Sprinkle some salt and pepper and mix the seeds well. Your delicious crunchy snacks is ready to be served.
9. Milk Poha
Ingredients Needed: Poha or flattened rice, water, milk, salt, pepper, grated coconut
- It is a popular Maharashtrian dish.
- Wash poha with water and soak it in water for half an hour. It will become soggy.
- Add in some milk, salt and pepper and it is ready to be eaten.
- You could add some grated coconut to it as well.
10. Dal sprout chaat
Ingredients Needed: dal sprouts, chopped onions, grated carrot, coriander, salt, pepper, green chilli if needed
- Add in finely cut onions and carrot to the dal sprouts.
- Put in little coriander, salt, pepper, finally chopped green chillies to flavour and just squeeze in a few drops of lemon.
- Your delicious dal sprout chaat is ready to be served.
Ingredients Needed: hung curd, cardamom, sugar
- Shrikhand is a delicacy. It is very delicious and can be made with little effort.
- Just take the hung curd and add in some sugar and cardamom powder to it.
- Mix it well till you get a fine paste without any lumps.
- Refrigerate it for some time and your delicious Shrikhand is ready to be served.
Ingredients Needed: Chidwa, chopped onions, tomatoes, chaat masala, coriander, salt, pepper, peanuts, chopped red chillies
- Bhel is a very popular Gujarati snack that is very easy to make.
- Just take a cup of chidwa and add is some roasted peanuts, chopped onions, chopped red chilli, chopped coriander, few drops of lemon and some salt.
- Your delicious bhel is ready.
13. Fruit or Vegetable juices
Ingredients needed: sugar, salt, pepper, fruits, vegetables, water
- You could make some juice from any of your favourite food by simply blending it with little water.
- Add in some salt, sugar and pepper for flavour.
- We tried a combination of Carrot, Ginger and Apple. Make sure that majority of the juice is made up of apple, add a hint on ginger and a small portion of carrot juice. This makes it much healthier.
14. Watermelon and cheese salad
Ingredients needed: watermelon, few mint leaves, feta cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar
Take diced watermelon, few mint leaves, ¼ cup cheese (feta cheese), 3 table spoons of olive oil and 2 table spoons of balsamic vinegar. Mix all the ingredients together and serve cold.
15. Chatpati Churmuri
Ingredients needed: 2 cucumbers, one finely chopped onion, one grated carrot, green chutney, ground nuts, coriander leaves (little), lemon juice, oil, salt, puffed rice, salt, lemon
- Churmuri can be made in different forms like tomato churmuri, cucumber churmuri etc.
- It is a delicious chatpata snack with very little calories.
- Mix all the ingredients together and spread it on peeled cucumber.
16. Sweet Corn salad
Ingredients needed: Sweet corn (boiled), Spring onions, cashews, almonds (1/4 chopped finely), grated coconut, chopped green chillies, coriander and salt to taste.
Recipe:You could teach your kids too to cook these recipes as these are so simple and have no risks attached to fire accidents. Your kids will develop their cooking skills and can even compete in a competition with these learnt skills.
So, try these recipes with kids in the evenings to make eating and cooking a lot more fun.